Want to know the top Thing Couples are Ditching at their Wedding? This blog post is for you. Some of the traditions below are either outdated, awkward for the guests, or they cost a lot of extra money and the couple doesn’t care about it anyway. Here’s what I’m seeing couples ditch and why.

 

WEDDING FAVORS

Often times guests forget to take their wedding favor home and you’re left with hundreds of leftover favors. Instead, I’m now seeing couples have a late night snack. After all that dancing guests love to eat! Think pizza, tacos, soft pretzels, etc.

 

BOUTONNIERES

I have a love hate relationship with boutonnières. Typically, no one knows how to pin them on. I end up spending time pinning them to the groom/ groomsmen before I take their photos and before the ceremony begins, the boutonnieres are already damaged. I’m seeing couples ditch boutonnières completely or just having one for the groom.

 

HUGE BRIDAL PARTIES

Bridal parties are getting smaller and smaller because it’s overwhelming for the couple. When you’re planning 5+ bridesmaids and groomsmen to come into town, planning their accommodations as well as making sure they have ordered their dress, shoes, tux, etc. on top of wedding planning it becomes a lot! Couples are having photos with their close friends who aren’t in the bridal party during cocktail hour. I’m also seeing a rise in uneven bridesmaids/groomsmen!! Have the closest people by your side no matter if the number is uneven.

GARTER & BOUQUET TOSS

Couples seem to have ditched the garter toss for good. I can’t even remember the last time I photographed a garter toss. The bouquet toss also seems to be getting “tossed” out. Often times, the woman attending the wedding are already married and the bride doesn’t want to embarrass the fewfriends not married so the bouquet toss is cut from the reception.

 

FLOWER GIRL & RING BEARER

Having flower girls and ring bearers is so cute if you have kids in your family in that age bracket. If you don’t, it’s kind of an odd thing to ask someone. I’ve seen couples skip this completely, either have flower girls or ring bearers, or a new trend I’m seeing is asking the grandmothers to be the flower girls. Having grandmothers as part of your wedding is a great way to honor their legacy as well as wonderful photo opportunities.

 

CEREMONY PROGRAMS

Couples are skipping the added cost of printing programs. Everyone knows what a wedding is like. It seems unnecessary these days to have a program when in 20-30 minutes the ceremony will be over. Plus it’s just one more thing someone needs to be responsible for on the wedding day.

Hope this helps as you plan your wedding day and gets you thinking how you want to celebrate your wedding day. Always remember that it’s your day and there is no right or wrong way to do anything! Click here for more planning tips?

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This is where I love sharing recent weddings, sessions, and tips & tricks for helping you plan your wedding. When I'm not capturing a wedding day, you'll find me enjoying the outdoors with Aly, photographing Aly, my travels, or working on a project. My passion is telling stories of marriage to motherhood, and I hope I get to tell yours. 


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